Course Assignments and Associated Points

Course Point Summary

Course GoPost

Grade Conversion Chart


Advanced Psychobiology of Women


1. Pick a topic: Any topic related to biology or psychology of women and/or gender is legitimate. All topics have to be approved by Dr. Kenney and by the class as a whole. Check with Dr. Kenney if you decide you want to change your topic. Once the topic is selected it will be posted on the course GoPost board.
Send a brief description of your topic to Dr. Kenney so it can be included on the GoPost site. You must send a topic description to Dr. Kenney no later than January 18th. If the topic changes or is refined after that date, send a replacement for posting ASAP.

2. Research your topic: Use all the resources the library has to offer to find material related to your topic. I will be glad to help if needed as will the Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies and Psychology librarians. You'll meet Cass Hartnett, the GWSS librarian during the first week of the quarter. Very little of your information should be gleaned from web sites alone. (This does not refer to academic papers available on the web through the library web site.) Academic journals are the best sources of information. Academic books are next. Popular books and websites are useful only to determine what the general populace is reading. Additional research will be needed to determine whether the information in such books or on such sites is accurate.

There will be a library research training session specially designed for this course on MONDAY, January 9, during our regular class time. For this session we will meet in the Government Publications Instruction Lab, Ground Floor, Suzzallo Library.

3. Individual Meetings with Dr. Kenney: These will take place in Guthrie 306 at selected times between Janaury 10 and January 18. The goal of these sessions will be to discuss your approach to your research topic and the success (or lack of success) with your library research. These meetings will be between 20 and 30 minutes long. There will be no formal class meetings on Jabuary 11 or January 18. See below for bibliography assignment due for each of those days.

4. TWO Annotated bibliography assignments: These assignments are to be completed for days that we do not meet as a class (1/11 and 1/18).

Locate and read 3 scholarly journal articles on your topic. For each article read, send the following information in an attachment to nkenney@uw.edu:

A. Complete bibliographic information on the article (Author(s), title, source, year, volume, start and end page numbers). Use APA style for this. Instructions for APA style can be found on the Psychology Writing Center web site:
B. A list of 2-4 things you learned about your topic from the article. Do not pull these from the paper's abstract. Look in the introduction and results/discussion. If they come from the background/introduction, you'll want to go on to read the paper the author(s) cite(s) related to those facts.
C. Bibliographies must be e-mailed to Prof. Kenney by 8:30 AM the day following the assignment (1/12 and 1/19)
(Points: 2 per article - 6 points for each assignment - 12 points total)

5. Read: There are two sides to this. Most reading will be done on your topic. But, you will also be asked to read one article related to each topic covered in class, typically two articles per week.

6. Select an article for the class: For presenters 1 and 2, articles should be to the class no later than 6 days before your presentation. For presenters 3 through 11, this must be available at least 10 days (preferably 2 weeks) before your presentation. The selected article should provide the proper background or mind set for your presentation. If the article you select is available electronically, you should send the pdf to the entire class. If you are using a piece not available electronically, we should be able to scan it into a pdf file. As a last resort, we can go old style and you can provide a Xerox copy for each class member. (Points - 8 total: 3 for providing the paper on time (6 days before your presentation for presenters 1 & 2; 10 days before your presentation for everyone else) and 5 additional points based on the usefulness and quality of the selected reading.) See outline-article grading rubric for point breakdown)

7. Post questions or comments on upcoming topics on the course GoPost: Once the topics for the course are determined, you can begin to post questions about that topic on the course GoPost board but it is best to wait until the article for the topic is made available. BUT - don't skip posting because an article gets to you late. Each student is expected to post at least one question or suggest at least one issue for each topic on the course GoPost Board NO LATER THAN 5 DAYS PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED PRESENTATION DATE. Posts are to be made no later than 11:00 PM on the due date. Presenters automatically earn GoPost points for their own presentation topic. Due dates are found on the table on the schedule page of this web site and next to each topic on the GoPost site. You will receive up to 2 course points for every topic for which you post questions or comments.
No posting = 0 points
Cursory comments indicating no effort or thoughtful comments posted late = 1 point
Thoughtful questions or comments posted on time = 2 points.

GoPost comments can earn up to a total of 22 points throughout the quarter.

Click here to access GoPost

Presenters should attempt to respond to each of the posted questions or comments in their presentation/discussion. Some questions may not be answerable! But read them and address as many as you can.

8. Presentation: Each seminar participant will have an entire class session for their presentation. This will be a formal/informal lecture/discussion on the topic you select. Visual aids (handouts, PowerPoint/Prezi slides, videos) are good but films should not take up more than 15-20 minutes of your presentation time. I've reserved a laptopfor all sessions but I rather not drag it to class if you are not going to use it so let me know if you are not using it. If you plan to use your own laptop or pad, make sure we have the correct connection cords at least a week before your presentation. (Points: 40 - See presentation grading rubric for point breakdown.) Failure to attend on the day of your presentation, except in the case of illness and/or serious emergency, could result in loss of all presentation points for the quarter.

9. Outline of presentation: This is very important. The outline you provide will serve as the notes that each seminar participant will have on your topic. The outline needs to be detailed and each idea needs to be clearly referenced so that the reader will have no trouble tracking down the source. On the day of your presentation, bring enough copies for each student and me. (Points: 32) I judge outlines about 1 week after the presentation. The qualities of importance are:

1. the clarity of the information presented. Can I understand what you are saying one week later when I don't have you in front of me presenting the material? (16 points)
2. the clarity of the referencing. Can I tell exactly where you found each idea you present? (16 points) Referencing should be in APA style. Instructions for APA style can be found on the Psychology Writing Center web site:
See outline-article grading rubric

10. Participation: Be involved in discussions of all topics. Discussion is a critical aspect of the seminar format and facilitates learning in this setting. Being involved in discussion requires not only your presence in the classroom but also you active engagement with the topic. (Points: 3 for each in-class session, total participation points = 45)

11. Paper: A ten page critical review of your topic. The content will be the same as your outline and presentation but the language and structure of the paper should be more formal and referenced in APA style.

For presenters 1 through 9, the paper must be sent to Dr. Kenney as a doc or docx (not pdf) email attachment by 11:59 PM on 3/8. For presenters 10 & 11, the paper is due (as above) by 9:00 AM March 13.

Instructions for APA style can be found on the Psychology Writing Center web site:

This site also includes information on how to write a review paper. Click here to access their handout. The Psychology Department Writing Center is an excellent resource and will review drafts of your paper if you schedule an appointment. More information of the center and its hours are on the web site listed above. Other Writing Centers are also available to help. (Points: 40 See paper grading rubric for a point breakdown.)

12. Peer editing of classmate's paper: You will be responsible for reading and reviewing a draft of the paper prepared by your assigned paper reviewer. Your peer reviewer will be assigned by Dr. Kenney no later than February 16. Since there is an odd number of seminar participants this quarter, one of you will have the opportunity to earn extra credit by reviewing drafts from two of your classmates rather than one. (Tell Dr. Kenney if you are interested in this extra credit opportunity before February 15. The first person to express interest in this will be given this extra credit opportunity.)
Presenters 1 through 9 must provide a draft of their paper to their reviewer no later than March 2.
These drafts must be returned to the author with comments no later than March 6(Note: This is a Sunday). Presenters 10 and 11 will send their draft to their reviewer no later than March 6 and return it to the author no later than March 8. Transfer of papers and editing/comments can be carried out electronically or as hardcopy. Papers can be sent to your reviewer by e-mail and editing can be done using the reviewing toolbar in WORD. Reviewers should evaluate spelling, grammar, paper organization, flow of arguments, and referencing.
A copy of the draft submitted for review (with the reviewer's comments and editing) along with the reviewer's name must be provided with the final version of the paper.
If the paper is reviewed in hard copy, the hardcopy with reviewer comments should be submitted with the final draft. If the paper is reviewed electronically, the reviewed version should be forwarded to nkenney@uw.edu on or before the paper due-date.
(Points:6 based on timeliness of feedback, thoroughness of review and evidence that the reviewer took a serious interest in helping the writer do an excellent job.)

13. Speed Review. Each seminar participant will be randomly assigned one topic (not their own) to review for the entire class at the end of the quarter. Speed review assignments will be made on March 6 (after class). Reviews will take place on March 8. Each review will be 6-8 minutes long. Prepare for this review by re-reading the presenter's outline and selecting at least 5 but no more than 8 facts that you found most central to and interesting about the topic. (Points: 6)

14. Grades: Course grades will be based on the percent of total possible points earned with 96% of the total possible points equaling a 4.0 for the course. Course grades will decline by 0.1 grade points for each percent decline in points earned. This course will have a maximum of 211 points.

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Course Point Summary Chart

GoPost Comments 22*
Participation 45^
Annotated Bibliographies 12
Reading Provided 8
Outline 32
Presentation 40
Peer Review of Paper 6
Paper 40
Speed Review 6
Total 211

* you will automatically get credit for comments on your own presentation topic.
^ 3 points each for each in-class session.
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Grade Conversion Table: Based on 211 Total Possible Points

% total Possible Points Points Course Grade
96% and up 202 and up 4.0
95% 200 -201..5 3.9
94% 197.5-199.5 3.8
93% 195.5-197 3.7
92% 193.5-195 3.6
91% 191.5-193 3.5
90% 189-191 3.4
89% 187-188.5 3.3
88% 185-186.5 3.2
87% 183-184.5 3.1
86% 181-182.5 3.0
85% 178.5-180.5 2.9
84% 176.5-178 2.8
83% 174.5-176 2.7
82% 172-174 2.6
81% 170.5-171.5 2.5
80% 168-170 2.4
79% 166-167.5 2.3
78% 164-165.5 2.2
77% 161.5-163.5 2.1
76% 159.5-161 2.0
75% 157.5-159 1.9
74% 155.5-157 1.8
73% 153-155 1.7
72% 151-152.5 1.6
71% 149-150.5 1.5
70% 147 -148.5 1.4
69% 145-146.5 1.3
68% 142.5-144.5 1.2
67% 140.5-142 1.1
66% 138.5-140 1.0
65% 136.5-138 0.9
64% 134-136 0.8
63% 132-133.5 0.7#
62% 130-131.5 0.6
61% 128-129.5 0.5
60% 126-127.5 0.4
59% 123.5-125.5 0.3
58% 121.5-123 0.2
57% 119.5-121 0.1
56% and below 119 and below 0.0

# Note: All grade points less than 0.7 are reported as 0.0 to the registrar



Contact the instructor at: nkenney@u.washington.edu